My taste in fashion, as well as my taste in life, is very eclectic, and after a few whimsical and retro inspired styles, I got hungry for some cool casual modern.
I checked out what Melissa McCarthy was up to, and discovered that there was a big sale going on, up to 85% off. I like to think that it was serendipity, and that my free spirit created just what I wanted, in the form that was accessible to me, delivering my wishes right to my doorstep. It's all in the way we look at things, you see.
And about a week later... Thump! Thump! The sound of two neatly packaged parcels landing on said doorstep. I have already done some oohing and aahing about Melissa McCarthy clothing on my Facebook page earlier today, so I won't repeat much of it. Sleek, modern, comfortable, flattering, affordable, well-made and all in all fun-tastic! I started wearing them immediately, as in today.
I wore two new items, super flattering and fun denim shirt (and I am not even a fan of denim shirts) and super comfortable pants (or leggings), stretchy, buttery soft on the inside and edgy leather-like on the outside, in gorgeous plum color and rich texture, for only $22 and $24 each. I'm pretty sure they both will be worn time and time again. Today, I combined them with an old pair of heeled booties, my favorite secondhand mohair ruana and a laptop case by Cynthia Rowley for Staples. I was taken with the series of the Cosmic Black Floral office supplies by this designer, and purchased a few things for my newly created study/studio (my ongoing project) several month ago. Why not use the laptop case as a purse? It is my story to tell.
So this is the way I look at things. When I feel with every fiber of my being that I had enough of the current story, maybe it got weary and just stopped working for me, maybe I simply overgrew it; I take the liberty to free myself up from the obligation to continue telling it. And it is a huge deal. And it isn't what they typically teach us as we grow up. They kind of insist on telling the same story over and over again, arguing that it'll get better with time just as wine gets better with time. Come on, think about it. Not every liquid is wine. Not everything gets better with time. Some things just stop making sense. Or maybe they didn't make sense in the first place, but we weren't yet wise enough to recognize it.
What can get better with time - or rather, with practice and experience - is our perception and ability to tell stories. They can get better, deeper, finer, more reliable, more organic, more profound, if we keep practicing. Every artist, every writer, every creative intuitively knows it. Once a story had been told, there is no need to tell it over and over again. Turn the page and tell a new, different story. Both in art, and in life.
Faux leather pants and denim shirt - Melissa McCarthy Seven7 (sale)
Boots - Ecco (old)
Ruana - secondhand (old)
Bracelet - Lane Bryant (old)
Sunglasses - Christian Siriano for Lane Bryant
Laptop case - Cynthia Rowley for Staples
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